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Blue Work

Tongues, Swords, Keys

for eight singers and four percussionists

Year:  1985   ·  Duration:  23m
Instrumentation:  SSAATTBB; Percussion 1: 5 temple blocks, 4 drums, bass drum, rasp, marimba, celeste; Percussion 2: 5 temple blocks, 4 drums, bass drum, rasp, 5 suspended cymbals, large tamtam, 5 antique cymbals, tubular bells; Percussion 3: 5 temple blocks, 8 drums, large bass drum, 5 suspended cymbals, one timpanum, glockenspiel, vibraphone; Percussion 4: bongos, 4 drums, small bass drum, 2 tamtams, 5 temple blocks, glockenspiel, rasp, vibraphone

Year:  1985
Duration:  23m
Instrumentation  SSAATTBB; Percussion 1: 5 t...

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Written for eight vocal soloists and a percussion ensemble of four players, Tongues Swords, Keys explores, in a multi-lingual text devised by Randolph Stow, ideas of coming together and parting - perhaps of tribes, or of nations, or of individuals. At times the work is ritualistic in character. It was written with funding assistance from the Australia Council.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by The Song Company with funding from the Australia Council

Contents note

one movement

Text note

Text by Randolph Stow